October 9, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron made sure USC players watched specific video this week in preparation for Thursday night's game against Arizona. USC's interim coach wanted no misunderstanding about his expectations. To make his point, Orgeron ordered clips that focused on Trojans players making plays on the field and rocking the sideline during the heyday of the Pete Carroll era. "He was showing us former USC teams and how much fun they used to have," senior safety Josh Shaw said. "From the locker room, to walking down the tunnel, to on the field.
October 9, 2013 |
The Lakers won their second exhibition game in three tries Tuesday, defeating the Denver Nuggets 90-88 in Ontario. What did Coach Mike D'Antoni take away from the Lakers' win? "The two bigs can play together. I didn't know that," said D'Antoni after practice Wednesday. Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman started together in the front court, with Gasol listed as forward and Kaman center. "I've not traditionally loved two bigs together, but they have nice chemistry and they both are skilled," D'Antoni said.
October 6, 2013 |
The Lakers made their preseason debut Saturday night in Ontario, beating the Golden State Warriors, 104-95. In a game where Coach Mike D'Antoni sat out Steve Nash and Pau Gasol to avoid playing the veteran duo on back-to-back nights (the team also plays Sunday at Staples Center against the Denver Nuggets), the Lakers found an unlikely hero in Xavier Henry. Henry scored 29 points -- seemingly out of nowhere. The buzz around camp thus far has been of Wesley Johnson, Jordan Farmar and even Gasol, who spent most of the summer rehabbing knee issues.
September 25, 2013 |
"Is it true that it's now named 'The Blake Shelton Show'?" Christina Aguilera quipped during a coach bonding session that kicked off the second night of "The Voice" Season 5. Actually, Shelton shot back, it's " 'Blake Shelton Presents The Voice.' " Laugh if you wish, but now that he's coached a singer to victory on "The Voice" three years in a row, Shelton's fellow coaches aren't going to let him bag a fourth win without a serious fight....
September 21, 2013 |
USC's nationally ranked defense had another impressive performance Saturday in the Trojans' 17-14 victory over Utah State at the Coliseum. Utah State had been averaging 49 points and 550 yards. The Trojans limited the Aggies to 285 yards and amassed 10 tackles for losses, including two sacks by linebacker Morgan Breslin and one each by tackle George Uko and linebacker Devon Kennard . "I feel like we're building continuity," defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said.
September 19, 2013 |
When the opposing coach compares you to UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it's time to take a bow. Junior quarterback Travis Waller of Anaheim Servite earned praise from Huntington Beach Edison Coach Dave White with his ability to make plays Thursday night during Servite's 31-14 victory at Orange Coast College. "He's Hundley and Kaepernick," White said. Waller passed for 87 yards and ran for 27 yards and one touchdown, hardly statistics to shout about.
September 12, 2013 |
It's unfair to expect 22-year-old Jakob Silfverberg to immediately replace four-time 30-goal scorer Bobby Ryan on the Ducks' scoresheet or in the hearts of their fans. But Silfverberg, who had 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games with Ottawa last season, has enough talent to suggest he will carve out his own niche with the Ducks, who acquired him with winger Stefan Noesen and a 2014 first-round draft pick for Ryan in July. Switched from his natural right side to the left Thursday, Silfverberg meshed with right wing Teemu Selanne and center Nick Bonino during the first day of practice at Anaheim Ice. To Coach Bruce Boudreau , Silfverberg lived up to his billing.
September 12, 2013 |
The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's "One False Move" co-writer Tom Epperson, the movie even gets away with its classicist vibe for a good while too. Robert Duvall plays an small-town Alabama patriarch with three middle-aged sons (zoned-out loner Thornton, hard-headed Robert Patrick, anti-war hippie Kevin Bacon)
September 5, 2013 |
The Virgins A Novel Pamela Erens Tin House: 288 pp., $15.95 paper It's rare to find a book that summons the delicate emotional state of teenagers - especially when it comes to sex - without being precious or cynical, but Pamela Erens' "The Virgins" beautifully manages that feat. "It sounds laughably dramatic, but don't underestimate the metaphysical yearnings of a seventeen-year-old," the book's preppy narrator reminds us. "We beginners experienced sex as psyche more than body, as vulnerability and power, exposure and flight, being consumed, saved, transfigured.
September 1, 2013 |
In a season when individual fashion expression is taking center stage, we salute the red-carpet mavericks. When it comes to stars who do it their way, daring to step out in the unconventional and surprising, Tilda Swinton is always top of mind. A true fashion lover, she wears what she likes, often making choices with gender-bending effects and using her hair to punctuate her dramatic style. Cate Blanchett is another fearless fashion flier. When she turned up at a screening of "Blue Jasmine" in New York wearing a Balenciaga Edition cape and gown selected by the fashion house's controversial new creative director, Alexander Wang, it was a tacit stamp of approval for the 29-year-old who showed his first Balenciaga collection in Paris in February.